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Report: Cowboys operating in extended COVID-19 protocols after positive test for a player

Hopefully all will be well around The Star as COVID intrudes again.

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It is Friday, January 1st, 2021 (Happy New Year!) and the Dallas Cowboys are set to play the most important game of their 2020 season on Sunday afternoon against the New York Giants. The game itself is only one half of the ultimate battle that Dallas needs to go their way in Week 17; they need a win and a loss from the Washington Football Team in order to win their fourth division title in seven seasons. There is legitimate thought that these two things can happen, anything is possible in the NFC East this season.

Last week, we saw the Cowboys skip a Friday practice due to Mike McCarthy allowing the players and staff time to be with their families on Christmas Day. As it is now New Year’s Day, there was some thought that this might be the case, but the Cowboys are holding virtual practice for a very different reason.

The Cowboys are holding virtual practice on Friday after a player tested positive for Covid-19

Unfortunately for the Cowboys, the reason for their virtual practice on the last day of the work week is in compliance with the league’s extended COVID-19 protocols. According to a report from NFL Network, the Cowboys had a player test positive for the coronavirus.

The Cowboys have been tasked with navigating life amid COVID-19 like everybody else in the world. Ultimately it has not compromised their on-field status too severely. Andy Dalton is the highest-profile player that tested positive, but he did so while out with a concussion.

Sunday will see the Cowboys visit the New York Giants (who are in the exact same boat in terms of needing a win and Washington loss) and unfortunately the G-Men are also dealing with a positive test. They announced on Friday morning that their offensive line coach, Dave DeGuglielmo, tested positive and that they are also following all procedures and protocols.

We will keep you updated here at BTB as more information on this story becomes available.

Update: 3:40pm ET

The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly placing Justin Hamilton and Darian Thompson on the Reserve/Covid-19 list.

All the best to them.